Meet the Playwrights
Jenny Lyn Bader
Jenny Lyn Bader (Playwright) is thrilled to be back at Luna Stage, which premiered her drama Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library and her short play My First Time (commissioned for Voting Writes). Her other plays include Equally Divine (Theatre at the 14th St. Y), In Flight (Turn to Flesh Productions), and None of the Above (New Georges). One-acts include Worldness (Humana Festival), and Miss America (NY Int’l Fringe Festival/“Best of the Fringe selection). Honors include “Best Documentary One-Woman Show” Award (United Solo); Athena Playwriting Fellowship; and Edith Oliver Award (O’Neill Center). Her plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service, Vintage, Smith & Kraus, Applause, and Plays International + Europe magazine. For This Is Not a Theatre Company, she co-authored Café Play and Play in Your Bathtub and wrote The International Local ("Subway Plays") and Guru of Touch (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). A Harvard graduate, she has been a Lark Playwriting Fellow (nominated by Wendy Wasserstein) and a frequent contributor to the New York Times "Week in Review." She is a member of the Playwrights Gallery and The Dramatists Guild. For more, visit www.jennylynbader.com.
Martine Sainvil (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based Playwright and self-proclaimed Dialogue Diva, Plot Piper and Story Stan. She is a Language Collector, Globe Trekker and Cultural Communicator who feeds her curiosity by devouring great books and jumping down rabbit holes. She is a graduate of Boston University and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and Playwrights Gallery (NYC). As a champion of the next generation, she is a longtime mentor at The Young Women’s Leadership School in Harlem. Her writing credits include: Indispensable (2020 Resonance Ensemble Waldman Play Development Program), The Mary Lou Shine (2020 New Shokan Kitchen Island Project - Put A Woman On A Pedestal! ), Strange Happenings At The Library (Luna Stage - 2020 Orange School District commission), Like & Subscribe (2020 Playwrights Gallery Reading Series), The Good China (Finalist 2018 TRU Voices Festival), Comfort Food (Winner 3rd Place 21st Annual Henrico Theatre One-Act Showcase, Semi-finalist in Drury University ’s 2007 One-Act Play Competition, 2006 Semi Finalist Moving Arts Premiere One Act Competition, among many other fresh and fully baked plays ready to be served up.
Meet the Actors
Zachary Canter (Hades/Jack/Grumpy) is a excited to be working with Luna Stage Company. His recent credits include "The Comedy of Errors" at the Producers Club and Vince Gatton's "Hey" at The Wild Project, as well as the short film "Three Minutes to Go", an official selection of the Astoria and Chelsea Film Festivals. Zachary studied at Marymount Manhattan College, where he received a BFA in Acting.
RJ Christian (Zeus/Tweedledee/Cupcake) is Senior in Steinhardt majoring in Vocal Performance. Some of his favorite past roles have included the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Prof. Callahan in Legally Blonde, Fester Addams in Addams Family, and The Caterpillar in Wonderland. Also a composer, Rj has worked several musicals and was a contributor to Ratatouille the TikTok Musical (@RjtheComposer)
Julia Creutzer (Hera/Rapunzel/Amelia) is currently junior in the Acting BFA program at Towson University. Prior to attending Towson, she obtained an associate’s degree in theatre from Carroll Community College. She has been involved in theatre for eight years and this is her first professional performance. She is very excited and grateful to be a part of this production and sends love to all of her fellow cast/crew mates!
Christie Lynn Devoe
Christie Lynn Devoe (Librarian) (she/her) is a big fan of Luna Stage and is thrilled to be a part of one of their productions, even while working from home! She is currently based in Seattle but has performed regularly in the NYC area in theatre, opera, television, film, sketch comedy and improv at venues including Broadway's George Gershwin Theatre, Madison Square Garden, and the Original Improv Comedy Club. A passionate teaching artist, voice teacher, and music director, you can find her collaborating at regional venues like Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Opera, and her private voice studio online. www.rotariusvoice.com.
A recent graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Kiana Lum (Aphrodite/Alice/Jill/Snow White) is so excited to be working with such a wonderful group of people at Luna Stage.
Naiya McCalla (Artemis/Jane//Happy/Student) is so excited to be working with Luna Stage! She is currently a second-year Drama student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, training at The Stella Adler Studio. Most recently, she’s been seen in productions with Tisch Drama Stage, SheATL Arts, and Art Garage NYC. An Atlanta native and firm believer in theatre as an educational tool, she’s had the wonderful opportunity to be a Teaching Artist for Young Performers with both Onstage Atlanta and Forefront Arts. She hopes Strange Happenings brings a little more certainty and joy into the New Year!
Romello Rodriguez (Ares/Interviewer/Bread) is a New York City based actor, singer, dancer. He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2019 where he obtained his B.A. in Theatre Performance with a minor in Musical Theatre. Previous credits include Royal Family Productions workshop of Worth Street (dir. Christina Franklin), as well as TYA shows with White Plains Performing Arts Center. When not working in theatre he works in nightlife as drag artist Janae SaisQuoi and is daughter to NYC legend, activist and city council candidate Marti Gould Cummings.
Tanner Roncace (Apollo/Muffin/Dopey) is a recent graduate from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. His most recent credits include “It’s a Wonderful Night” at SeaWorld Orlando, the first immersive theatrical Halloween event in Orlando, “The Haunted Road,” and the Marymount mainstage productions of “Good News” and “Bring It On.” He was also a performer at the Walt Disney World Resort performing in both “Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade” and “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”
Nic Sanchez (Hephaestus/Tweedledum/
Sneezy) is an actor and writer from Tulsa, Oklahoma living in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Gallatin at New York University in 2020. His theater experience includes Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (NYU Shakespeare To-Go), Falstaff in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Gallatin), Sir Toby in Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the ‘Burg), Matt and Burns in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Gallatin), and First Gentleman/Musician/Swing in Othello and Twelfth Night (American Shakespeare Center). Nic is beyond thrilled to be working with Luna Stage on Strange Happenings in the School Library.
Patrick Singer (Poseidon/Hansel/Bashful) is a New York City based theatre artist, actor, and yes, singer. He is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where he received a BFA in Musical Theatre and performed in The Who’s Tommy and Love and Information. Outside of school, he has been seen in Hip to Hip Theatre Company’s 2019 summer season. During quarantine he has been involved in various Zoom plays and projects, such as Drawing Cats’ “Convention”. He is so excited to be featured in “Strange Happenings”!
Currently studying acting and dramatic writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Mary Walker (Athena/Hilda/Georgiana/Gretel) has played roles stretching from Shakespeare to Susan Lori-Parks, working with both student artists and professionals within New York and Barbados, where she was born and raised. As an actor/writer/director, Mary is committed to telling stories about under/misrepresented voices such as women of color and immigrants. She’s always happiest working on new projects and with new collaborators, exploring the human experience and spreading empathy.
Meet the Creative Team
Turron Kofi Alleyne
Turron Kofi Alleyne (Fairytale Voiceover) has worked with some of Hollywood’s most esteemed A-List directors, producers, and actors such as: Spike Lee, Jonathan Nolan, Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Saldana, Michael B. Jordan, Lawrence Fishburne, and others. He’s been featured in Independent Films that have premiered at various prestigious Film Festivals which include: Sundance, Tribeca, ABFF, LA Film Festival, Vails Film Festival and more. He’s currently featured as a Recurring Guest Star in the new ABC hit series “FOR LIFE” as Officer Calvin Newcombe. Mr. Alleyne is also a Writer, Director and Producer for the screen; as well as the stage.
Jessica Bauman (Mentor) is a director, teacher and community engaged theater
maker. She is thrilled to return to Luna Stage, where she previously taught and created a play with the kids at Valley Settlement House. She is currently collaborating with playwright Jenny Lyn Bader on 'Switch," an audio play that invites listeners to change their relationship to anxiety. She is working with artists from Tijuana Hace Teatro in Tijuana, Mexico to create a piece about the Border which will tour the
US when such things are possible again.
Megan "Deets" Culley (Sound Designer) is an NYC-based Sound Designer and Composer. Credits include: GROUNDED (Dobama Theatre). CULLUD WATTAH and THE LOOPHOLE (The Public Theater), TERMINUS (NYTW Next Door), PONY UP (The New School), THE COLOR PURPLE (Theatre Horizon), ROAN @ THE GATES (Luna Stage), and INANIMATE (the Flea Theater).
Cameron Filepas (Designer) is a New Jersey based lighting designer for Theatre, Dance, and Opera. Recent design credits include Hello, Dolly! (Madison High School), Pass Over and A Change is Gonna Come (Luna Stage), The Full Monty (Old Library Theatre), Guys and Dolls and The Wedding Band (Alexander Kasser Theatre). Recent assistant credits include NEXTsteps (The Washington Ballet), Fandango Gala (Hole In the Wall Gang Camp), My Lord What a Night and Support Group for Men (Contemporary American Theatre Festival). He is a graduate from Montclair State University where he received a BFA in Lighting Design.
Lily Greenberg (Co-Director) is a theatre artist and teaching artists currently based in New York. She is a sophomore at New York University working towards her B.S. in Educational Theatre. She has previously performed as Guildenstern/Osric in Hamlet (Shakespeare in the Square), and as Larissa in Gallathea (Uproar Theatre Corps). She has also worked as the make-up designer for Seussical the Musical (Lamplighters NYU), and associate set designer for The Inbetween (Gallatin Theatre Troupe). She delighted to be working with Luna Stage on Strange Happenings in the School Library.
Alana Garcia (Closed Captioning) is a senior at New Jersey Institute of Technology studying both communications and theatre. She works for the Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Department as an assistant videographer and has been part of the production teams behind the scenes of campus productions for about two years now. Some of the productions include Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Drowsy Chaperone. This past fall Alana also took part in the Directors' Project, where she virtually directed The Check-Up, written by Scott Mullen. She has also participated in both the Newark Playwrights Festival and the Newark Arts Festival.
Dillon Mitcham (Co-Director) (he/him) is a freelance theatre artist who has worked in New York, Maryland, and the vast virtual landscape. After receiving his Bachelors in Directing at Marymount Manhattan College, he focused his discipline in cultivating & collaborating in new work projects, these pieces have been produced at New York Live Arts, New Dramatists, Dixon Place, and Hip to Hip Theatre Company. Outside of working on theatrical projects, he has a background in Arts Administration in Non-Profit Arts Organizations these include; 59 E 59 Street Theatres, TADA! Youth Theatre, Theatre Forward, Maryland Theatre Education Association, and Teatro SEA.
Alexander Oleksy (Co-Director) is an NYC based director and teaching artist originally from The Woodlands, TX. Currently studying Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt, Alex has focused on developing new works and helping young audiences fall in love with exciting and accessible theatre like he did in middle and high school. Selected directing credits include: Another Number in the Pool (Luna Stage), Short Plays for the Shortest of Days (Luna Stage), the searcher is Lost (Broke People Play Festival), Bad Feminist (NYU Steinhardt), Shutter Speed (Uproar Theatre x WNYU), Seussical the Musical (Lamplighters NYU), and How to Own a Gun in America (College Park Theatre).
Joey Yow (Editor) is an educator, theatre practitioner, and filmmaker. A teacher at Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ, Joey leads the Technical Theatre and Film programs and is highly involved in community service and student leadership. An accomplished storyteller and filmmaker with over twenty years in the performing and visual arts, Joey is passionate about guiding teens to find their voice as artists, collaborators, and engaged citizens.